I belong to an American expats in the UK group on the Internet. Usually discussions are confined to where to find Aunt Jemima's pancake syrup in the UK or what does 21 Celsius translate to in Farenheit (so the person can figure out what temperature it is as they only give it in metric amounts on the radio).
But last week a woman from California put a note in the conference to ask how people really felt about living in the UK as she was a bit apprehensive about her upcoming move, and a firestorm of emotion erupted.
Women began to write long messages about how much they hate it here. They listed in detail what they hated: the weather, high prices, unfriendly people, hooligans, crime, neighbors letting kids trample all over their flowerbeds, etc. As I read these lists, I was surprised at the vehemence of the writers' emotions. One woman would set off another who came out of the woodwork to list all she hates and on and on. Finally someone entered the single comment that people who live here are "heathens."
The poor woman who entered the original query must be shaking in her boots at the thought of moving here. When another poster asked others to calm down and list some positives about living in England, she was shouted down with cries of, "I'm just being honest! Do you not like honesty? How do you know what I've experienced?"
It's all such naked emotion; I never expected to see such raw stuff on a Monday morning. I think if they want to be honest in there, they should rename the conference from American Expats in the UK to Let me Count the Ways that I Hate England.